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PhD

Doctors of Philosophy

Our program

If you want to earn an academic degree of the highest level and become an expert in your field, then choose our PhD program.

Alongside professors who are some of the world's best in their disciplines, you will embark on a major research program exploring a specific aspect of forestry or environmental management. You will be able to tailor your research to whatever you are passionate about, including forest management, natural disturbance, silviculture, climate change, soil science, water quality management, wildlife conservation, and much more.

You will develop a research proposal based on your interests, and complete a thesis and an approved course program. The PhD program generally takes a minimum of three years of full time study. You have the option of studying full-time or part-time.

For more information on our program, contact Dr. Charles Bourque, acting director of graduate studies, or Faith Sharpe, graduate assistant.

Admission/Application Requirements

  1. PhD applicants must hold a Master's degree in a recognized field, or have an excellent honors undergraduate degree.
  2. PhD students are required to take Research Methods (FOR6913) in their first year and be registered in their Thesis (FOR6998) every year of their program. Students must also register for Graduate Seminar (FOR6910) in both Fall and Winter Terms and participate in a research symposium.
  3. Students require a faculty member supervisor for their thesis, and typically 3 additional members on their supervisory committee.
  4. Students and their supervisory committee will together select a course program that suits their needs.
  5. Students are required to successfully complete an oral qualifying examination typically within the first year of their program. They will also typically present a research proposal within the first year of their program, and are required to successfully defend their Thesis to complete the program.
  6. International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language scores that meet or exceed international English language testing system (IELTS) band 7.
  7. Interested students must first contact a faculty member in their area of interest prior to applying to secure research supervision.
  8. Applicants must then submit a completed application.